Stories about Colombia from February, 2008
Colombia: Witnessing a Murder
Six years later, Catalina Restrepo of Cosas del Alma [es] shares her difficult experience of witnessing a violent murder in her town in Colombia, as she prepared to go to school.
Colombia: New Television Channel Zoom TV
Campus Comunicativo [es] writes about a new university television channel called Zoom TV, and lists some challenges, including how much influence will the government have on the message and content.
Jorge Jurado Raps About Citizen Media
Jorge is one of about 20 young people in the peripheral working class neighborhood of San Javier La Loma who are using citizen media to rescue the forgotten history of their community. His song “ConVerGentes” which he performed in this video in early January 2008 discusses the potential of using participatory media to rescue the forgotten history and culture of local communities.
Colombia: Movie About Pablo Escobar
In Colombia, Reticente [es] reviews the latest movie about Pablo Escobar called “Angel or Demon,” and recommends not to take a date because the movie is bad.
Colombia: Money Found in Itagüí Prison
Julián Ortega Martínez of equinoXio writes about the recent discovery of approximately 6,000 USD in the maximum security prison of Itagüí in Colombia, and which was found to belong to a former paramilitary leader.
Colombia: Planned March Against Paramilitary Groups
Plan Colombia and Beyond writes about plans for a protest similar to the February 4th march against the FARC, but this time against that country's paramilitary groups on March 6th.
Colombia: More Reactions to the March Against FARC
Reactions continue to emerge regarding the February 4 demonstration against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, for its initials in Spanish). Many bloggers provide their thoughs on why they did or did not march, and the various political interests in play.
National Sports: unique expressions of countrywide pride.
Whether by government decree or by popularity, national sports are part of the cultural makeup of every country. People from many walks of life come together to participate, watch or root for their favorite athletes or teams. Check out which unique national sports Colombia, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Qatar and United Arab Emirates have.
Colombia: English Version of equinoXio
The Colombian digital online magazine, equinoXio recently launched a version in English.
Colombia: Day of the Journalist
Colombia celebrated Day of the Journalist on February 9. Juan David Escobar of Reticente [es] and Victor Solano of ¿Comunicación? [es] salute and write about the challenges for journalists in Colombia.
Colombia: March in Washington, DC
Plan Colombia and Beyond provides some thoughts from the Center for International Policy Associate Paola Castro, who writes, “As a Colombian-American citizen I feel really glad that the pro-peace and anti-FARC rally went well today in Washington D.C. Around eight hundred people came together in Freedom Plaza [15th and Pennsylvania...
Argentina: Anti-FARC Protest
Grito Argentino [es] writes that approximately 300 people assembled to protest against the FARC in Argentina.
Colombia: United in a March Against the FARC
For the first time in Colombia´s history, an initiative which began on the internet managed to become a massive, worldwide event in just one month. The February 4th demonstration against the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) , began as an idea on a FaceBook group "A Million Voices Against the FARC" and then it snowballed into a worldwide event with marches in 133 different cities around the world.
Colombia: San Pedro Cemetery in Medellín
Baúl de Letras [es] provides some reflections after a recent visit to the San Pedro Cemetery in Medellín, Colombia and that the cemetery is much more than a final resting place, but it also offers cultural programming and guided visits.
Juliana Rincón: A multi-tasking blogger
Meet Juliana Ricón Parra, a multi-tasking blogger from Peru, now living in Colombia. She has been a Global Voices Author for two years and has just started a new role as Video Editor. Juliana talks about blogging, her participation in the citizen media project HiperBarrio, the new challenges in her professional life and the lovely South American food.
Come Explore New Videos at Rising Voices
The first round of Rising Voices outreach projects have already been training participants in underrepresented communities how to use the tools of citizen media for just over seven months now. Many of the projects are taking their media production skills to the next level by using Windows Movie Maker to produce short video documentaries that reveal the realities of the communities where they live.